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Extrajudicial seizures of cannabidioln drugs at Guam sparks concern

SUSPICIONS of extrajudicial seizures of cannabidiol (CBD) drugs at the airport have been noted by Congressman Michael San Nicolas, reports Guam's PNC (Pacific News Centre) News

Extrajudicial seizures of cannabidioln drugs at Guam sparks concern

SUSPICIONS of extrajudicial seizures of cannabidiol (CBD) drugs at the airport have been noted by Congressman Michael San Nicolas, reports Guam's PNC (Pacific News Centre) News

10 July 2019 - 19:00

SUSPICIONS of extrajudicial seizures of cannabidiol (CBD) drugs at the airport have been noted by Congressman Michael San Nicolas, reports Guam's PNC (Pacific News Centre) News.

In letters to Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency and the Department of Public Health and Social Services, Mr San Nicolas asked why the seizures were made and why these products are still being withheld.



Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the 400+ ingredients found in marijuana and is not psychoactive. Many states have passed laws allowing for the use of a CBD extract, usually in oil form, with minimal tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and often for the treatment of epilepsy or seizures in seriously ill children.



According to customs director Ike Peredo, it was upon the request of the Department of Public Health and Social Service director Linda DeNorcey that the CBD products remain withheld.



'At the time, when the products were seized, that's when we notified public health,' said Mr Peredo. 'They came to the office and conducted the investigation, took pictures of the products and told us they were going to send it to FDA for further guidance and disposition and for us to hold on.



'They're sending it off to FDA and they have advised us to hold on until they get the final disposition of these products. So that's where we are at right now,' Mr Peredo said.



CBD seizures were made at the Guam International Airport. 'One item did come in from the US Postal Service. There were other numerous entities, not just USPS. There were also three from DHL, one from Air Cargo, and about eight from FedEx and five from UPS,' she said.



Although neither Mr Peredo nor Ms DeNorcey has determined that any seized products have violated the law, according to the US FDA 'it is a prohibited act to introduce or deliver for introduction into interstate commerce any food to which THC or CBD has been added'.


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